BASC and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) jointly deliver a fantastic course aimed at improving shooting skills and improving your shoots management.
The first day will concentrate on shooting techniques and the second day on shoot management techniques. You can take the two days together, or just book one day (Day 1: Shooting Skill, Day 2: Shoot Management).
The shooting element of this course is intended for anybody that shoots, and is designed to improve technique and therefore success in the field. The habitat management day will help anybody who is releasing pheasants for shooting, whether DIY or professional shoot managers.
Day one begins with an interactive session discussing the issues surrounding poor performance in the field, and the factors responsible for it. There will then be a number of practical activities including a shooting skills exercise, range-judging and a patterning workshop. The afternoon session will focus on how to shoot better within your capabilities; BASC shotgun coaches will spend two to three hours with each group working on their individual shooting skills. The day will end with a constructive feedback session.
Recent GWCT research has led to the development of guidelines for gamebird releasing that maximise broader conservation benefit while minimising any damage caused by the birds themselves. Following the best practice guidelines, utilising predator control and planting the optimal cover crops will help shoots to maintain the health and welfare of their birds, ensuring good returns and high quality sport. These issues will be addressed during the morning presentations on day two, followed by an afternoon visit to a working shoot, to see hands-on how to put the guidelines into practice.
Each two-day course will cost £150, which includes the cost of clays, cartridges, lunch and refreshments. A single day will cost £85. For further details please call 01425 651013.
“The high standard of presentations and coaching reinforced my opinion that conservationists and game shooters are very well represented by GWCT and BASC, who do so much for the environment and their membership, which is open to all.” – IW, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Environmentalist
“Fantastically informative for someone with little experience of game shooting. Such better value than an hour’s private lesson at the local clay ground, plus the proceeds go to a worthy cause.” – Mr C
“BASC and GWCT have put together an excellent course giving me much to think about, and techniques to help improve my shooting. All staff were extremely friendly with a wealth of experience in all forms of shooting. Very much looking forward to my next course.” – Mr S
“We were both new to shooting and believe that all new certificate holders would benefit from this early insight if they intend to shoot quarry. We are certainly more respectful. Thank you for your time. Very well run and informative course and exceptional value.” – Mr and Mrs M